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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Feb 1, 2009 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: first run at the uptown

to brother fans everywhere, good morning from a bright and crispy london just a few miles north of grosvenor square where there's definitely a chill to the winter and a nip to the air.
Equally crispy is this recording from TDIH and a fond favourite from 78.

As I'm having a lazy sunday morning, I'll borrow this review, which sums it up for me pretty much.
'Reviewer: Krabcake O. Canada - [5.0 out of 5 stars] - July 1, 2004
Subject: Peak night on a peak tour
This is an undercirculated, underrated classic-type show on a crispy soundboard. 2/1/78 capped off a great Uptown Theater run. Along with the surrounding shows (1/22/78 through the Dicks Picks 18 shows just following this one), it represents a pinnacle of sorts for the Dead and the end of an era.

Set 1 is solid. A couple spectacular highlights are provided by a crisp, ripping Jack Straw opener and a short but explosive Sugaree. The Set 2 jam that runs from Estimated through Sugar Mag sparkles end to end, with each song being among the best versions I've ever heard. High points: the free jam out of Drums, Wharf Rat's effortless coalescence of a out of a melty space, and my personal favorite Sugar Magnolia. It starts out slow but funky, chugging along, gathering momentum, then exploding into a vicious, psycho-Jerry rock-and-roll jam which begs you to play it loud.

The vocals are spot-on throughout this show (even Donna!) and the sound quality is fabulous -- as Jerry whips out distorted licks, one can get a feel what it was like in the theater that night as some of the room amibience seeps into the soundboard.'

Just two things to add is that keith is prominent and sounds fine to my ears and there's a slight cut in wharf rat.

HL's post on the Uptown Theatre

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Feb 2, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: first run at the uptown

I was there. All of 14 years old.

Funny, I was at the Auditorium Theatre with my son this past saturday to see Spamalot. As I was exiting the washroom, I noticed a beautiful poster of Jerry with Tiger. Sure enough, 5/12/77. I was there too!

Oh man, what a nice place, not a bad seat to be had. Beautiful acoustics.